Prison Island (Changuu Island)

Duration: 2 Hours
Entrance Fee: Yes (Included in the Tour price)
Wheelchair friendly: Yes
Sanitary facilities: Yes
Refreshments: Yes (Included in Tour price)

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Prison Island (Changuu Island)

Shanguu Island, also known as Prison Island or Changuu Island, is a small island located off the coast of Stone Town in Zanzibar, Tanzania. The island is approximately 5.6 kilometers northwest of Stone Town and is accessible by boat.

Historically, Shanguu Island was used as a prison for rebellious slaves, and later, it also served as a quarantine station during the late 19th century. Today, the island has become a popular tourist destination known for its beautiful beaches and historical landmarks.

One of the main attractions on Shanguu Island is the old prison ruins, which were never fully completed and instead used as a quarantine station. Visitors can explore the ruins and learn about the island’s history. The island is also home to a small population of giant Aldabra tortoises, which were brought from Seychelles as a gift from the British governor in the late 19th century.

Tourists can enjoy swimming and snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters surrounding the island, as well as relax on the white sandy beaches. There are also opportunities for diving and other water sports in the area.

To reach Shanguu Island, visitors can take a boat or a dhow (traditional sailing vessel) from Stone Town. The boat ride takes about 20-30 minutes, and there are several tour operators and boat services available in Stone Town that offer trips to the island.

Overall, Shanguu Island offers a combination of natural beauty and historical significance, making it a popular destination for tourists visiting Zanzibar.

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